Catch the Amazon ride at River Safari

Catch the Amazon ride at River Safari
The Amazon River Quest takes visitors on a ride along a 483m-long man-made river designed to simulate a voyage down the Amazon. Among the species on view are the Emperor tamarin, scarlet ibises, as well as animals not found in other local attractions such as the red howler monkey.

SINGAPORE - The Amazon River Quest boat ride at the River Safari finally opened to the public on Saturday.

The boat ride, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, was supposed to be launched earlier this year, along with the River Safari, but its opening had to be pushed back due to technical difficulties.

The launch marked the completion of the River Safari, the latest attraction by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Visitors on the boat ride will sail through a 483m-long man-made river, designed to simulate a boat voyage down the Amazon River.

They can view close to 30 species while on the ride, including three animals not found in other local attractions - the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary and red howler monkey.

At 10am on Saturday, when the attraction opened, there was a steady queue of visitors waiting to take the ride.

Visitors felt they did not have to wait too long to get in, with most saying they were in the queue for under 30 minutes.

Some visitors were unaware that they had come on the same day as the opening of the boat ride.

One of them was flight steward Charles Goh, 50, who took his two children to the River Safari.

"We are very lucky, we didn't know the boat ride would be opened," he said. "It was enjoyable. I managed to take videos of the species I saw."

The highlights of the ride were the jaguars, flamingos and scarlet ibises, according to visitors that The Sunday Times spoke to.

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